The challenging menstrual cycle in women

There a various predicaments women face during their menstrual cycle. This article focuses on explaining what menstruation is, the symptoms, causes, and challenges faced by women during menstruation. Each problem will be tackled in detail.

What are menstruation and menstrual cycle?

Menstruation is a biological process that occurs in women while the menstrual cycle is monthly changes of a woman’s body that goes through a possibility of pregnancy. The cycle comes with a variety of symptoms known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The scope within (PMS) includes mild symptoms such as cramping, bloating, headaches, breast soreness, acne, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue, but fades away as you near your cycle.

However, some women encounter disturbing menstrual problems. They include heavy or light periods, or complete absence of periods, or a cycle that hinders your normal life and other issues that are considered abnormal.  During the cycle, one must be keen and understand her cycle. Once you understand, you will be able to distinguish if your cycle is normal or not.

Moreover, normal is diverse in different women. Your experience can differ from another woman. Factors leading to this include genetics, body weight, the weather of a certain location and the type of food one consumes. It is important to always check your body and observe any changes, and if you notice something different, consult a doctor.

The menstrual cycle comes with many challenges. Below are the challenges;

Heavy periods

  It consists of a heavy flow, which means you bleed more blood than what is normal. A heavy period is known as menorrhagia. The cause of menorrhagia is hormonal imbalance which can either be estrogen or progesterone. Other factors can be change in diet, puberty, or an infection in the vagina

Absent periods

Not all missed periods indicate there is a problem; some means that you are pregnant. Although, in some cases, it could be a medical problem such as primary amenorrhea; a condition related to the absence of periods by the age of 16. Causes of primary amenorrhea include; an issue with the pituitary gland or puberty.

Painful periods          

Every woman has experienced painful periods. Experiencing cramps during your cycle is normal since your uterus is contracting. Nonetheless, the pain can be unbearable, which is extreme cramps known as dysmenorrhea. It is linked to having fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease.

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